Bassist from South Windsor, Connecticut,
who grew up in a musical family with brothers Jeff and Steve and father
Jeff and Steve
formed Toto and Mike performed with them on occasion, but they already had
a bass player by the name of David Hungate. David left the band, however, and
Mike replaced him in 1982.
on Toto’s albums, Isolation
and Fahrenheit, in 1984 and 1986,
respectively. While touring in
support of Fahrenheit, he had a
nasty spill on-stage and broke his arm during a concert in Hanover, Germany.
He was back
for The Seventh One and Toto’s
subsequent world tour in 1988.
August 1992, his brother Jeff had a fatal heart attack. The band honoured
Jeff with a tribute concert on 14th December 1992 at the Universal
Amphitheatre in Los Angeles,
Toto released Absolutely Live in 1993 and Tambu in
1995. In 1997, Mike and Steve
recorded “Young at Heart”, which became the official song of
the UEFA Champions League Final.
Toto XX hit the shelves in 1998 and Mindfields followed in
1999. Mike played cello on the
October 1999, Toto performed unplugged for Radio 2 in Hilversum,
in another tribute concert for Jeff in 2002 in Koblenz, Germany. It was recorded live and later
released as a solo album entitled Brotherly
November 2003, Toto appeared at Night of the Proms in Antwerp, Belgium.
They released Falling in Between in 2006 and
followed it up with a tour that included a stop in Helsinki, Finland,
on 1st March.
In 2007, Mike
suffered from numbness in his fingers and had to stop performing. He was supplanted by Lee Sklar for a brief time but Toto called it quits in
enshrined in the Musicians Hall of Fame in October 2009.
February 2010, a press release rang out the bad tidings that Mike had been
diagnosed with ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) or Lou Gehrig’s
disease. Steve and other Toto
alums assembled for a European tour that summer in support of his brother. They did the same in 2011, with
Nathan East filling in on bass.
musical legacy hardly begins and ends with Toto. A ubiquitous session musician, he
has recorded with a wide range of artists and groups. His discography is far too extensive
to list in its entirety, but here are a few highlights: Anywhere
You Go by David Pack; Bad Girls
by Donna Summer; Captain Fingers
by Lee Ritenour; Exiles by Dan Fogelberg; Friends in Love by Dionne Warwick; Hits! by Boz
That’s What it Takes by Michael McDonald; The Legend & the Legacy by “Sneaky Pete” Kleinow; Love
Hurts by Cher; Night Dancing
by Joe Farrell; Strength in Numbers
by .38 Special; That’s What
Friends Are For by Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Williams; Tonin’ by the Manhattan Transfer; Vuelve by
Ricky Martin; Which One of Us is Me
by Jay Gruska; and, Your Place or Mine by the Hues Corporation.
He can also be
heard on the soundtracks of Dune,
Grease, Love at First Bite, and The
news: Mike was scheduled to be
back with the band, sharing bass duties with Nathan, in the summer of 2012.
Johnny Mathis & Deniece
Emotion (Barry Gibb/Robin Gibb)
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